Denizen’s definitive guide to Auckland’s best facialists, and their signature treatments

Oh, pampering, how we adore you. There’s nothing quite like walking into a calm beauty therapist or spa, with that delicious anticipatory sense that you’re going to feel (and often look) much better walking out. Having tried our hands at administering our own at-home treatments over the recent years, we have an even greater appreciation of the experts who make it all seem so easy. And here, we present our definitive guide to the most deft at their craft.

Rishika Lata, Park Hyatt
Having brought her passion to every day in the beauty industry for over five years, Rishika Lata enjoys all aspects of her chosen vocation at Park Hyatt’s sumptuous spa, from educating clients on their skin to seeing incredible results after a session. One of her favourite and most requested treatments is Park Hyatt’s Ultimate Haute Couture Facial (read more about this luxurious facial here), and Lata will have you immediately at ease with her personable disposition, leaving you relaxed and most importantly glowing after a bit of self-care.

Catherine Anderson, The Facialist
Wielding her “magic touch” from renowned City Works Depot beauty studio The Facialist, Catherine Anderson is deeply passionate about enabling people to feel beautiful and confident in their skin — as well as assisting with their overall wellbeing. With a quiet intuition and customer-led focus, she customises each facial treatment to suit the individual (as is The Facialist’s philosophy), and her background in massage therapy means a session with Anderson will have you floating. Our current obsession is The Supernatural Emma Lewisham Facial, a premium 60-minute treatment that employs some of the local brand’s most beloved products alongside The Facialist’s signature manual lymphatic drainage massage for dramatically elevated results in skin regeneration.

Lena Yakimchuk, Spring Spa Ponsonby
Hailing originally from Kyrgyzstan, Lena Yakimchuk is a beloved beauty therapist for her ability to tailor her clients’ treatments to their individual needs, and her passion that shines through in each and every appointment. While adept at all facials, her signature treatments are the Spring Spa X Augustinus Bader Methode Facial, and the Signature LED Light Treatment Facial. With Yakimchuk, you can be sure you’ll reach your skin goals while feeling utterly pampered at the same time.

Kate Michelmore, Skinography
Kate’s instinctive way of knowing what each of her clients need draws on her ability to apply not only topical skincare but to also work closely with the internal support system. She combines holistic methods like Chakra techniques, energy work and crystal healing to truly restore and rejuvenate, from the ‘skinside out’. To book, click here.

Amelia Story, Room 9
Dedicated to finding solutions to the many skin conditions that affect us all. Room 9’s Director Amelia Story always facilitates a comfortable environment, and fosters a highly individualised treatment regime that combines the best of organic skincare with essential light and infusion technology.

Romy Burgess, Skin by Romy
The holistic approach offered by Romy Burgess is unlike most we’ve encountered before. In her bespoke consultation, Burgess draws on her wealth of knowledge to examine not only what issues the skin may be struggling with, but the other external factors at play that may be standing in the way of your dream complexion too. Her gold standard treatment, the Deep Dive, gives you a personalised Skin Wellness Plan by email which includes skincare, nutrition, supplements and lifestyle suggestions, curated to meet your specific skin goals and lifestyle needs. You can learn more here.

Michelle Cook, Rosenthal
If it’s a no-product facial you’re after, then Michelle is your woman. Offering a treatment free of slathering and caking, she instead employs the regenerating benefits of massage seeing the face, head and neck kneaded to a state of blissful relaxation. The process is designed to release facial tension (particularly good for jaw clenchers) and promote the natural flow of energy, all while helping to stimulate the skin’s natural cell rejuvenation and repairing process. To book, click here.

Morgan West, Skintopia
Late last year I was delighted to experience a series of new Dermologica treatments at Skintopia, and had the great pleasure of meeting Morgan. Truly knowledgable about the skin, and the seemingly endless multitude of ways that hormones can influence it, it’s safe to say I’ve never walked out of a facial so satisfied that my skin’s needs have actually been met. No facial here is ever the same, with each treatment regime designed in phases around your skins individual needs, which can vary every time you visit. And with a treatment like this, it is so essential you find someone that can actually walk the walk — a rareity indeed. To discover the treatment menu, click here.

Nandika Singh, Malkia Beauty
Nandika Singh, owner of Malkia Beauty, hails from a lineage of beauty therapists. Her grandmother’s famed milk baths and herbal facials drew admiration from Fijians, while her mother advanced the business to cater to loyal clientele. Singh embarked on her own journey at a tender age, self-taught in the art of leg waxing, until formal training at Elite International and CIDESCO. With a growing passion for skincare, Singh seeks to assist clients with their concerns and impart knowledge, through both face-to-face and online consultations.

Rosie Huggard, Tonic Skin & Body
Harnessing the best of Sothys signature skincare range, a facial at this Old Titirangi Village spa is undeniably one of the best investments you can make in your skin. A long-standing facialist with an excellent reputation (touted as one of the best among Aucklanders in the know), we’d recommend the Sothys MD Booster Treatment for lasting results — a unique blend of aesthetic abrasion, needling and vibrational massage. Discover more about the treatment here.


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